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The Buzz: Top 10 news and sports stories you may have missed Easter weekend

April 20th, 2014 7:09 pm by Staff Report

The Buzz: Top 10 news and sports stories you may have missed Easter weekend

• Local church depicts Easter origin through fire, fighting, blood. Over the past eight days, visitors to the Appalachian Fairgrounds have been treated to a spectacle of fire, smoke, swords and blood.

• District Attorney candidates answer questions leading up to election. First Judicial District Attorney General Tony Clark is working hard to not be a one-term prosecutor as the May 6 Republican primary approaches. Even with a win there, he’ll have another face-off in August with an Independent challenger.

• Prizefighter Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76. Rubin "Hurricane" Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many prominent supporters.

• Tarter commits to ETSU. Tianna Tarter’s ready to transition to college — and she’ll continue driving in Johnson City.

• In Colorado, pot holiday tries to go mainstream. Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

• As Easter nears, Erwin, Unicoi residents walk mile in Jesus' shoes. Last year, Roy Guajardo took part in his first Good Friday Witness Walk as the event gave him the opportunity to come together with other Christians in the community ahead of the Easter holiday.

• ETSU fraternity looks to shed negative image through community service. Too frequently are the headlines about Greek life negative, members of a fraternity at East Tennessee State University say, and they’ve made it their mission to increase and emphasize all the positive changes they can affect in their community.

• Right to write? Carter County attorney looking into laid-off Star writers' severances. Laid-off newspaper reporters of the Elizabethton Star recently received a vaguely worded letter from an Alabama attorney reminding them of their obligations under a severance agreement they signed when their jobs were terminated Feb. 5.

• See you online for $5: Sullivan County Jail ends personal visitation. On-site, face-to-face visitation between Sullivan County inmates and their family members is a thing of the past, with video visitation via the Internet offered as the alternative.

• Gold in Athens was never in doubt for Mack. The silver medal was not an option for Tim Mack. Ten years later, the former NCAA pole vault champion from the University of Tennessee remembers his gold-medal winning effort at the 2004 Olympics like it was yesterday.

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